Two Lu's combine for Canucks

Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo makes one of his 30 saves against the Sabres Monday night. (REUTERS)

Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo makes one of his 30 saves against the Sabres Monday night. (REUTERS)

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

Brad Lukowich's first goal as a Canuck and Roberto Luongo's 30-save performance gave Vancouver a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres Monday in a rare meeting between the 1970 expansion twins.

"Lukowich going up in the play there. As long as it works," laughed coach Alain Vigneault. "It was an unbelievable play, but prior to that (the Sedins, Daniel and Henrik) had four other occasions where they didn't get a shot on net in out-numbered situations."

Much was made of the matchup between Canada's Luongo and USA's Ryan Miller at GM Place heading into the game, and in the end, both goaltenders were solid but not spectacular. Miller finished with 22 saves.

After a scoreless first period, Adam Mair broke the ice with his first goal of the season, but Vancouver responded five minutes later with a Mikael Samuelsson backhander. It was the Swede's 18th of the season and his eighth goal in the last 13 games.

Moments later, the NHL point-leader Henrik Sedin gave the hosts a 2-1 lead with a breakaway tally after Alex Burrows' pass sent him in all alone. With the assist, Burrows extended his point streak to 12 games. Meanwhile, Tim Connolly stretched his point streak to 16 games with an assist on Thomas Vanek's third period goal.

UP NEXT: The Canucks look to win their sixth straight against the St. Louis Blues Wednesday when they play their last home game before a 14-game road trip.


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